The Bad News, Straight

by Richard Kenney

Why don’t you simply tell it straight? Right:

Men are dominance engines. They trade in pain.
They will do anything. They think with their pricks,
which tell them: assemble a terminal moraine.

Women trade sex for security, routinely.
They prevaricate. They are pure praxis.
Barrenness is what they fear most keenly.

Review: copulation is human being. Culture
is talk and handshake. Women: wet handshakes.
Men: dry handshakes, equally worthless. Killjoy

Hobbes had it right. The Great Apes cannot speak,
and yet they lie. The mirror shows us shrike,
Ichneumon wasp, the Doctor’s perfumed beak—

Pray stop. It’s wrong—perhaps not even right—